Pastor's Page - February

Dear Parish Family,

February is one of those months that finds us deep in the folds of winter. It has been a very cold winter so far and I know people are experiencing those mid-winter blues! The cold, snow and barrenness of the season can often test our resolve to live the Christian virtues of patience and kindness. Hang in there!

This year, February also finds us entering the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday, the start of the liturgical season, is February 14th. I don’t ever remember Ash Wednesday being on Valentine’s Day - but since Lent is all about a love greater than any other, it seems somehow appropriate. 

I look forward to the opportunity Lent offers us each year. It is a season that calls us to turn away from the distractions and noise of the world and instead concentrate on our spiritual lives and relationships with God and with one another. We step back from our routines and busy schedules and reflect on Christ’s passion and death. It is a blessed season of preparation, a season of re-prioritizing, and a season of opening our eyes to the greater picture and truth of who we are as followers of Christ. During Lent we fast to prove to ourselves that we are not ruled by desires, we give to others to remind ourselves that God calls us to generosity, compassion and empathy, and we delve deeper into prayer to cement a relationship that is intimately united to the Heart of Christ. 

It might be cold out there – but the fire of the Spirit is alive and bursting forth to invite us towards its warmth, light and truth. Lent is that holy time of year where the opportunities abound and the invitation is clear. Let’s take the leap of faith required and do everything in our power to utilize the many opportunities of Lent to better prepare us for the amazing gift of Easter. 

With prayers for a transformative Lent,

Fr Rick

 

Mass Schedule

Saturday (Vigil) - 5:00pm
Sunday - 8:30 & 10:30am
Daily Mass - St. Matthew:
(T, Th, F) - 9:00am
Daily Mass - St. Bernard:
(M, W, F) - 8:00am

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Announcements

Class Schedule—Week of February 19th ​​​​​No Classes - Winter Break  Upcoming Events Grades K-6 February 26 & 27 ...

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Interested in joining our Youth Music Group?  Our next Mass will be: March 10th at the 5:00pm Mass before the Bread &Soup Supper. If you’re...

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Save the Date for our Lenten Bread and Soup Super Saturday, March 10th after 5:00pm Mass Please join the 7th - 10th Grade Faith Formation Students, t...

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February 19th - Snow Tubing at Powder Ridge 9:30am to 2:00pm (back to St. Matthew Church by 3:00pm) The cost of the trip is $40 and includes transportatio...

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The next Baptism Preparation meeting for those parents who wish to have their children baptized is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the C...

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Vatican News

Pope on first Sunday of Lent: Now is the time for conversion

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2018 / 09:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Lent is a time to face our temptations and be converted by the Gospel, Pope Francis said in hi...

Pope Francis says Paul VI will be canonized this year

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2018 / 08:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his annual Lenten meeting with the priests of Rome last week, Pope Francis confirmed th...

Pope reappoints O’Malley to head further work of safeguarding commission

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2018 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has reconfirmed Cardinal Sean O’Mall...

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